Chapter 5: Recruiting
Many coaches will say that recruiting is the lifeblood of any program. Your teams can only be as good as the players you recruit. The art of recruiting is not just about finding the most talented players, it is also finding the best fit for you as a coach and the culture of your program. Make sure you connect with your compliance department on any rules you are unsure about when beginning your recruiting journey.
Recruiting with Todd Petty
Todd Petty has been the head coach at Texas Tech University since 2008. During his tenure, he has helped the Lady Red Raiders to a list of impressive achievements along with turning the program around from one of the worst in the Big 12 conference and consistently ranked outside the top 50 into Big 12 Champions and national championship contenders. He attributes much of his success to identifying players he believes are a perfect fit for his coaching philosophy, his team culture, and Texas Tech University.
Recruiting with Ronni Bernstein
In the last three years of Ronni Bernstein’s 10-year tenure at Florida International University, she guided the team to 1st place finishes in conference play and two second-round appearances at the NCAA tournament. After 13 years at the University of Michigan, her teams have finished either 1st or 2nd in the Big 10 conference every year and reaching at least the round of 16 at the NCAA tournament eight times. This level of consistency is a credit to not only her coaching abilities but also her recruiting prowess.
Recruiting with Jamie Scott
Jamie Scott began her collegiate career at the NCAA Divison I level, playing four years at Wyoming and coaching for one year at Colgate. She then made the move to Division III and is currently the head women’s coach at Denison University. In her first three seasons as a head coach, she has guided the team to three winning seasons and back-to-back appearances in the NCAC Championship match.
Recruiting with Jimmy Borendame
Jimmy Borendame inherited a 7-20 team in 2010. Before the season was cut short in 2020 his team was ranked as high as No. 27 in the country. In his first two seasons at MTSU, he was named the Sun Belt Coach of the Year and won back-to-back conference titles. In 2019, his team won its first Conference USA title.
- ITA Podcast: The Art of Winning (Chase Hodges Head M & W Coach Georgia Gwinnett)
- ITA Podcast: Lessons From A Legend – Dick Gould (Retired NCAA DI Championship Winning Coach)
- Webinar: Developing A Recruiting System – Dr. Brandyn Fisher Webinar
- ITA Webinar: Ask Me Anything – Matt Knoll (Retired NCAA DI Championship Winning Coach)
- Reading Recommendation: Understanding College Tennis Coaches Views on the Development of College Tennis Players
- 2021 ITA Coaches Convention: Recruiting – Dan Tudor